Unusual Nasal DischargeFor the past 2 years I have had difficulty with sinus related issues. I have taken several rounds of antibiotics and have tried many hollistic remedies. I have had some pretty substancial success with homeopathy but I rarely feel 'fully' healed. I also seem to have flare ups based on minor alcohol consumption and I have unusual nasal discharge.
My problem began as I mentioned about 2 years ago around the time I quit smoking. I was living in a very old Victorian house that was subdivided into apartments. I lived in the North and the heat was forced hot air.
My immediate 'illness' manifested itself as a series of moderately severe colds. I have not had a severe cold now for over a year. In fact, I have not had any colds at all in that time. However, after the colds subsided I had a fairly constant feeling of pressure or fullness in my left nostril way back towards the sinus. This feeling has rarely subsided in the time since I first got sick and in the few instaces it has felt like it has gone away it has been for no more than a day. I have occaisionally had facial pain (though no visible swelling) on the left side of my face in the same region as the 'full' feeling. This facial pain has occaisionally but very rarely caused headaches. My nasal dicharge has at times been tainted by blood though I am not sure if this is due to regular nose blowing. My nasal discharge is more pronounced first thing in the morning and I usually feel best at mid day. One unusual thing about my nasal discharge is that it has on some instances (though not all the time) contained what appear to be small bluish grey fibers. I am wondering if these are cilia or something else.
There are things that I know help considerably and other things I am sure make my condition worse. I feel very good and my nose clears after a warm shower particularly if I allow the warm water to hit my face in the area I have the problem. I feel great if I go without drinking any alcohol at all for a period of 2 weeks or more. I feel good and temporarily clear after a concoction of warm cayenne pepper sauce, tomato juice, lemon, and garlic. I have blood tainted discharge and worsening symptoms within a day of drinking beer. (I am not speaking of excess drinking but rather having 2 beers). I have not been able to pinpoint any other food based flare ups. I do sometimes have flare ups when not using alcohol but every time I think I have isolated a food that is responsible I find evidence to the contrary.
Not long ago I quit drinking for 3 weeks. I also cut dairy from my diet. I ate foods that I had read were good at preventing mucus build up as often as I could. It is also of note that around this time the weather became considerably warmer. I fealt very good most of the time and completely well for large portions of days. In the last 2 weeks I have had a few beers and paid less attention to my diet. It is baseball season and I like to have a beer or 2 when I watch the game. I have had blood tinged discharge from my nose and I feel a little more blocked up. The occaisional discharge with blue grey fiber like stuff is back. I ntend to cut the drinking and watch my diet again but I'm wondering what is going on here. Is there anything I can do to completely clear this problem? Is the alcohol the cause or as it seems just a very effective catalyst? If it is a catalyst, then what root cause is it serving to aggravate? Any advice is welcome. Thank you for your help.
Jethro on 2007-04-09
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